Crowd trouble as Vietnam beat M'sia 2-1 in first leg of AFF Suzuki Cup semis
Crowd trouble reared its ugly head as Vietnam fought back from a goal down to secure an impressive 2-1 first leg win away to Malaysia on Sunday (Dec 7).
As the match drew to a close, a section of Malaysian fans allegedly attacked Vietnamese fans.
After the game, Malaysia Minister for Youth and Sports Khairy Jamaluddin took to Facebook to express disappointment at how Vietnamese fans were treated.
While he was still waiting for the official report from Malaysian police and the Football Association of Malaysia, Mr Khairy said based on the information given and from what he witnessed, it seemed a small section of Malaysian fans had attacked the visiting fans.
He hoped the second leg would be "friendly in the stands".
On pitch, the action heated up in the 13th minute - when stand-in Malaysian skipper Safiq Rahim confidently stroked home a penalty awarded after Nguyen Huy Hung handled.
But Vietnam were unfazed by the setback in front of an 80,000-strong crowd at the Shah Alam Stadium, west of Kuala Lumpur.
A swift break from the visitors put striker Van Quyet through and despite goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi parrying his shot, Vo Huy Toan was on hand to smash the follow-up high into the net in the 32nd minute.
The visitors continued to trouble the hosts and Van Quyet was able to find space between two Malaysian defenders to curl home the winner on the hour-mark.
Both sides were fortunate not to have a man sent off as the intensity boiled over, resulting in some heavy tackles as Malaysia pushed for an equaliser to take to Hanoi for the second leg on Thursday (Dec 11).
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